Ashtanga yoga at Ashtanga Yoga Luxembourg
What we offer
In the heart of Luxembourg city, we offer Ashtanga Mysore Style classes in a warm and welcoming environment. Our teaching style is down-to-earth and our classes nurture the growth of the complete beginner to the established practitioner.
Our way of teaching is to encourage and support every student in their yoga practice as a path to self-discovery and self-empowerment. The asanas (the poses) are only part of the process to become more self-aware. We teach our students not so much what to do with their bodies but actually more encouraging and facilitating self-inquiry where they feel what is great for them.
From the moment of your birth, your body is affected by the life you live. Circumstances, decisions, accidents and intentions all influence who you are and form a unique individual. We're all completely different; it's not possible for everyone to do the same thing or fit in the same box.
Now, here you are today, commencing your own journey - and you are unique.
That's why we're passionate about teaching you your own practice at your own pace, embracing your unique circumstances and needs, and supporting your life.
We also offer retreats, in-depth study and workshops.
“It is not so much about telling the students what to do with their bodies but actually more encouraging this inquiry where they feel what is great for them.”
- Marie Kerr
Marie Kerr founded Ashtanga Yoga Luxembourg, the first Ashtanga Shala in Luxembourg in 2015. She is the main teacher and together with Marija upholds the daily Mysore program. Over her years of practice and studying, she has absorbed the significance of anatomy and became interested in understanding the body in terms of fascia lines that Tom Meyers has laid out, helping to understand exactly what you're achieving for the body in terms of lengthening, straightening and creating stability, providing the students with a context for even more deeply understanding the value of a yoga practice.
She sees the yoga practice as a tool – and the Ashtanga sequence as a framework which, with the help of insightful assessment and guidance, becomes our daily companion for removing obstacles and helping us to restore normal function. Her approach is to empower the student to make his/her own paradigm shift toward realignment, through a yoga practice that restores and improves health and function.
Through her teaching, Marie hopes to facilitate self-inquiry, tailoring the sequence for each individual as a model for exploration rather than a goal to be reached.
Among the teachers who have shaped her path, she especially thanks Marija Bjekovic-Obradovic for her friendship, partnership and ongoing support through practice.
Since my first contact with yoga in 2006 back in Serbia, it was clear to me that it can be a vehicle to access deeper layers of being. Since 2008 I have been predominantly practising Ashtanga yoga as a regular student of Denise Pesch, and have also completed teacher training with John and Lucy Scott in 2015. Throughout this period, my practice of Ashtanga has been and still is informed by a longstanding study of Iyengar yoga under the guidance of Constantinos Giannetakis.
I am committed to practising, studying and teaching Ashtanga Yoga by appreciating its foundation in Krishnamacharya’s teaching of yoga. The many levels of healing experienced from the practice inspire me to share and support others on their yogic journey. Being a female practitioner, I am also sensitive to observing the influence of Moon’s energy on the practice. For me, this makes space to honour the feminine principle of our beings, and is important to cultivate balance in life.
Inspirational teachers with passion and knowledge...
"These two ladies have complementary qualities as teachers and I see them as yin and yang. After 3 years my attachment to yoga and implementing it in my daily life is getting stronger and stronger, through the passion and knowledge of these two ladies and the inspirational teachers that they are and that they invite to the shala." - Narin
What is Ashtanga yoga?
Ashtanga yoga traces its lineage to an ancient sage named Vamana Rishi in the ancient text Yoga Korunta (approximatively 5000 years ago).
This text was allegedly discovered by yoga master Krishnamacharya in the early 20th century which was later passed down to his students, such as K. Pattabhi Jois and B. K. S. Iyengar. Jois claimed to have used that as the basis of his Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic and progressing sequence of postures linked together by the breath.
Three points of attention create the foundation for the practice:
- yoga poses,
- yogic breathing, and
- specific gazing points.
“To me the essence of yoga has always been cultivating self-awareness on any level: meditation, pranayama and asana - the poses. The poses are part of the process of becoming more self-aware”.
- Marie Kerr
Before you come to practise with us, read our Shala Etiquette for a safe and enjoyable yoga practice